As the sea ice between Canada and Greenland melts, the outside world sees unprecedented opportunity. Oil and gas deposits, faster shipping routes, tourism and fishing all provide financial incentive to exploit the newly opened waters. But for more than 100,000 Inuit who live in the Arctic, on and around the frozen ocean, an entire way of life is at stake. Development here threatens to upset the balance between their communities, land and wildlife, leaving the future of this region and their culture increasingly uncertain. Directed by Scott Ressler and executive produced by Dr. Enric Sala, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and founder of National Geographic Pristine Seas, THE LAST ICE tells the story of the Inuit communities fighting to protect the rapidly disappearing Arctic that has been their home for centuries.

2020 / USA / 83 mins


Scott Ressler, Director

In Scott Ressler’s first feature-length documentary THE LAST ICE, we are introduced to two young Inuit who are fighting for their survival in the face of climate change. Ressler is no stranger to environmental stories and causes, having worked as a producer, director, cameraman and editor for the National Geographic Society. He has created multiple documentaries on ocean conservation as the documentary producer for Pristine Seas, a project that was launched in 2008 to explore and help save the last wild places in the ocean.